Not so long ago, more precisely during the month of my blog anniversary, I rambled about my love for blogging. You can check the post here «Why do I love being a book blogger?» (Shameless Self Promotion 101).
And today I’ve decided to continue this rambling series and talk a little bit about my love for something else.
Advanced Reading Copies (ARC for short) is usually a free copy of a book at its latest stages of production. Sometimes these are bound together before the final text formatting and in most cases lack the final cover art or any other additional perks the book might have when it is published, and can often contain spelling errors, typos and other dreadful things! (I am sure all of you have the complete knowledge of ARC science but it seemed appropriate to have a small introduction).
I would also like to point out that I am in no way an ARC expert and I only joined NetGalley after I started blogging which was only a year ago. However, after reading a large amount of ARCs this year I came to realize just how much I love them!
This year I’ve been doing fairly well when it comes to balancing ARCs and books I own. Hopefully it will stay this way for the remaining months of 2017.
WHY ARCs ARE THE BEST:
They are completely and totally FREE!!!! This had to be the first thing to mention on my list of positive things, because who doesn’t love free books?!
There is a catch though! People see it slightly different, but for me, when it comes to ARCs that I request and then luckily receive, I see it as a contract (Law school’s influence right there). And in this contract I only have a few obligations:
- Read the ARC;
- Respect the timeframes;
- Write my feedback.
Can’t say that writing reviews is easy but it’s something I enjoy, so in the end it is a win win!
Results from the first point is the ability to read as diverse as possible! Since the ARCs are free and only require you to write a review in return (that we all love doing anyway), we can request as much or as little as we want. AND we can try that book from that genre we never read, because WHY NOT?! if it’s free!
Due to ARCs, I’ve started reading so much more General and Literary Fiction than I used to! I read some wonderful thrillers and amazing dystopian books. I even read a non-fiction!
I love required reading, but as I am no longer in school or University, ARCs and those timeframes are perfect solutions for my lust of READ 100 BOOKS IN A WEEK assignments! I just love it. There might not be an explanation but I love the idea of being on time with things, I love it when I know what and when I need to read. It brings order to my reading life and calms down my inner perfectionist (when I do things on time of course, otherwise… )
The chance to READ THE BOOK WAY BEFORE ITS RELEASE! Right?! Who doesn’t love the overpowering feeling of happiness when YOU get to read the most anticipated book of the year before everyone else?! I sure do! It makes me feel like a VIR (very important reader) – yes, I love making up my own abbreviations. I am starting a list!
And because we get to read the book before its release AND post our review on every social platform known to men, our REVIEWS ACTUALLY IMPACT OTHER PEOPLE’S CHOICE whether to buy that particular book or not. How powerful are you feeling right now?
Besides all of the above, ARCs are also a great way to find more new authors, debut books, new topics, new genres and just have fun exploring the bookish world!
This is my ramble for today! But I would love to hear your opinion. Do you love ARCs? Maybe you’ve discovered some of your favourite books or favourite authors through reading their ARC first? Or maybe you hate them more than chinese dumplings! (believe me those are HORRIBLE!)